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MOM's-My Organic Market, an organic grocery chain in the Washington, D.C. area, said yesterday it would stop selling all bottled water products that aren't sourced and bottled domestically.
The decision was made because of the questions being raised regarding the negative impact bottled water is having on the environment and local communities, the company said. An additional issue is the privatization of a natural resource that's fast becoming polluted and scarce, according to MOM's, citing an EPA estimate that by 2013, 36 states will experience water shortages.
"The decision to take a step towards eliminating bottled water was a fairly easy one," said MOM's v.p. of grocery Lisa de Lima. "Once we thought about the amount of energy, oil, and water that go into producing, shipping, and disposing of a product that is readily available by simply turning on your faucet, we knew it was the right decision."
Added de Lima, "We are hoping that by discontinuing imported waters, customers who aren't already drinking tap water will consider making the switch."
The company has replaced the discontinued brands of bottled waters with water filter options, as well as reusable bottles.
Rockville, Md.-based MOM's operates five stores in the Washington metro area.